The year marches on! Yesterday, the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced, marking another point in the awards season. Though not exactly a perfect barometer for Oscar, it can actually do some good in seeing which indie contenders are sitting in a position of strength. This year, it was Academy Award hopefuls like Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, and Spotlight doing very well, with other indies like It Follows and Tangerine doing quite well too. What does it mean going forward? Not a whole lot, honestly, but those above titles definitely got boosts, to one degree or another. A lot still remains, but this does work as a small piece of the Oscar puzzle, as it were.
Leading the way with a half dozen nominations was Todd Haynes’ Carol, with Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight next in line with five each (the latter getting to that total by scoring the Robert Altman Award this year). Getting four nominations was Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, along with Sean Baker’s Tangerine, followed by others like David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows with three. The most unexpected nominee? Bone Tomahawk, which got a pair of citations. The End of the Tour also managed two nominations, while oddly Love & Mercy was only able to get a single one. Overall, it’s a solid mix of likely Academy hopefuls and small flicks that will go no further, which is pretty much standard operating procedure with the Spirit Awards.
If you want to take some Oscar notes here, consider that Anomalisa and Beasts of No Nation did better than expected, Spotlight did more or less as expected (though it was a shame that the cast was lumped in together instead of individually honored), while something like The End of the Tour or Love & Mercy seems to have centered their campaigns in certain ways. Tangerine remains an Academy long shot, but it’s hanging around much longer than I expected it to. Carol always seemed like a great fit here, so don’t read too much into that, though anything is possible. Mostly, I’m just thrilled that It Follows remains on the fringes, even though I know it won’t happen for the movie. Still, it was nice to see it cited.
Here now are the full nomination for the 31st Independent Spirit Awards:
Beasts of No Nation
Sean Baker – Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga – Beasts of […]